Schedule

Week 1

T August 11 – First Day of Class – It’s a Mystery!
Homework: Read Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841)

R August 13 – Poe, True Crimes, Impossible Crimes (Locked Room), and the birth of detective fiction in America France?
Homework: Read O’Brien’s “The Pot of Tulips” (1855)

Week 2

T August 18 – Poe, O’Brien, the Gothic Tradition, Weird Fiction, and Supernatural Mysteries
Homework: Harriet Prescott Spofford’s “Mr. Furbush” (1865)

R August 20 –Poe, Spofford, and Early Women Detective Fiction Writers
Homework: Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Speckled Band” (1892)

Week 3

T August 25 : *PAUSE*
Homework: Read or Review Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Speckled Band”

R August 27: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Gentleman Detective and all the Sherlock Holmeses
Homework: Read Agatha Christie’s Murder of Roger Ackroyd Chapters 1-13 and Post at least one novel observation to Christie Forum (avoid duplicates!) before Thursday September 3rd’s class!

Week 4

T September 1 Individual Student Conferences (please sign up on sakai)
Homework: 
Finish reading Agatha Christie’s Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Chapters 14-END)

R September 3 – Christie, Poirot, & The Golden Age Detective
Homework: Paul Grimstad’s “What Makes a Great Detective Fiction According to TS Eliot,” S.S. Van Dine’s “Twenty Rules of Detective Fiction” and Ronald Knox’s “Ten Commandments of Detective Fiction

Week 5

T September 8 – Gentleman Detectives and Golden Age Rules
Homework: Begin reading Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye Chapters 1-10

Select TEXT for Analysis – Post on Sakai by Tuesday September 8th (by midnight)

R September 10 Individual Student Conferences (please signup on sakai)
Homework: Continue reading Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye Chapters 11-25 – Post at least one novel observation to Chandler Forum (avoid duplicates!)

Week 6

T September 15 Individual Student Conferences (please signup on sakai)
Homework: Continue reading Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye Chapters 26-35 – Post at least one novel observation to Chandler Forum (avoid duplicates!)

R September 17Individual Student Conferences (please signup on sakai)
Homework: Finish reading Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye Chapters 36-end

Week 7              

T September 22 – Chandler and the Hardboiled Detective Genre 
Homework:  
Read Raymond Chandler’s “The Simple Art of Murder” and his “Ten Commandments

ONE WORD or PHRASE due by Wednesday September 23rd by midnight! 

R September 24  – Hard Boiled Fiction and its Noir Rules
Homework: Watch Rian Johnson’s Brick (AVAILABLE THROUGH UNC LIBRARIES)

Week 8

T September 29 – Rian Johnson’s Brick, Neo-Noir Mysteries, Ingénues and Femme Fatales
Homework: Watch Rear Window (AVAILABLE THROUGH UNC LIBRARIES)

R October 1 – Rear Window, Hitchcock and Noire
Homework: Begin reading PD James’s An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (CHAPTERS 1-2) AND POST A DRAFT OF YOUR SENTENCE FOR TUESDAY’S ONLINE DRAFTING WORKSHOP (ON FORUM)

Week 9

T October 6Online Workshop 
Homework: Continue reading James’s An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (CHAPTERS 3-4) AND Post at least one novel observation to James Forum (avoid duplicates!) BY MONDAY OCTOBER 12

R October 8 – Office Hours
Homework: Finish reading An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (CHAPTERS 5-END)

ONE SENTENCE due by Monday October 12 by 5pm 

Week 10

T October 13 – PD James and Female Detectives
Homework: Watch In the Heat of the Night 

R October 15In the Heat of the Night 
Homework: Read Walter Mosley’s Devil in a Blue Dress Chapters 1-14 AND BEGIN DRAFTING YOUR ONE PAGE!

Week 11

T October 20 – OFFICE HOURS
Homework: Read Walter Mosley’s Devil in a Blue Dress Chapters 15-22 – Post YOUR ONE PAGE TO THE ONE PAGE ONLINE DRAFTING WORKSHOP FORUM

R October 22 – ONLINE DRAFTING WORKSHOP
Homework: Read Walter Mosley’s Devil in a Blue Dress Chapters 23-END! POST AT LEAST ONE NOVEL OBSERVATION TO THE MOSLEY FORUM and revise your ONE PAGE

Week 12

T October 27 – Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins
Homework: Read Kate Atkinson’s Case Histories: Beginning through Chapter 10 –

ONE PAGE due by Wednesday October 28th at 5pm TO DROPBOX

R October 29 Student Conferences (signup) 
Homework: Read Kate Atkinson’s Case Histories Chapter 11-16 – Post at least one novel observation to Atkinson Forum (avoid duplicates!)

Week 13

T November 3Student Conferences (signup)
Homework: Read Kate Atkinson’s Case Histories Chapter 17-END

R November 5 – Atkinson’s Case Histories Closed
Homework: Read Tana French’s In the Woods Beginning through Chapter 10 – Post at least one novel observation to French Forum (avoid duplicates!)

Week 14

T November 10Student Conferences (signup)
Homework: Read Tana French’s In the Woods Chapters 11-15 – Post at least one novel observation to French Forum (avoid duplicates!)

R November 12 – Student Conferences (signup)
Homework: Read Tana French’s In the Woods 16-END

Week 15

T November 17 – Getting In [to] The Wood

Final Papers Due by Tuesday November 17th 

Week 16

Final Exam TBD